Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics

Power and Resistance

Edited by Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk. Foreword by Zhanna Nemtsova.

ibidem Press

Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics

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Pub Date: April 2018

ISBN: 9783838211220

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Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics

Power and Resistance

Edited by Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk. Foreword by Zhanna Nemtsova.

ibidem Press

In post-Soviet Russian politics, Boris Nemtsov is one of the most tragic figures—and not only because he was shot dead, at the age of 56, in close vicinity to the Kremlin, the locus of Russia’s power. The “transparency of evil” in this specific case was shocking: Nemtsov’s murder was filmed by a surveillance camera. The videotape confirms the demonstrative and brazen character of the assassination. His death illuminated a core feature of the current regime that tolerates, if not incites, extralegal actions against those it considers to be “foes,” “traitors,” or members of “the Fifth Column.”

In this volume Boris Nemtsov is commemorated from different perspectives. In addition to academic papers, it includes personal notes and reflections. The articles represent a range of assessments of Nemtsov’s personality by people for whom he was one of the leading figures in post-Soviet politics and a major protagonist in Russia’s transformation. Some authors had direct experiences of either living in, or travelling to, Nizhny Novgorod when Nemtsov was governor there. The plurality of opinions collected in this volume matches the diversity and multiplicity of Nemtsov’s political legacy.
My father did not enjoy praise or even constructive analysis of his work during his lifetime – especially in his last years – but at least he gets it now. I would like to thank all of the authors who contributed their essays to this book and hope that their works will provide deeper insight both into my father’s political legacy and into Russia as a whole.” Zhanna Nemtsova

About the Author

Andrey Makarychev is a visiting professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu and an editor of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.

Alexandra Yatsyk is a researcher at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She studied sociology at Kazan State University and was visiting fellow or lecturer at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, University of Tartu, University of Tampere, George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe in L’viv. Makarychev’s and Yatsyk’s joint works include Lotman’s Cultural Semiotics and the Political (2017), Celebrating Borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nations and Identities in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia (2016), Suturing the Ruptures: Seams and Stitches in the Baltic Sea Region (2016), Mega-Events in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion (2016), and New and Old Vocabularies of International Relations after the Ukraine Crisis (Ashgate 2016).

Zhanna Nemtsova is a journalist for Deutsche Welle at Bonn and the daughter of Boris Nemtsov.


The volume’s contributors include: David J. Kramer, Senior Director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, DC; Miguel Vázquez Liñán, Associate Professor at Seville University; Yulia Kurnyshova, Research Fellow at the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyiv; Ekaterina Smagly, Director of the Kennan Institute in Kyiv; Henry E. Hale, Professor at The George Washington University in Washington, DC; Howard J. Wiarda (ᶧ2015), Professor at the University of Georgia; Sharon Werning Rivera, Associate Professor at Hamilton College; Tomila Lankina, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Andre Mommen (ᶧ2017), Professor at the University of Amsterdam; Stefan Meister, Director at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin; Vladimir Gel’man, Professor at the University of Helsinki; Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, coordinator of the Open Russia movement and deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party of Russia.